How to renew an expired ham radio license

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How to renew an expired ham radio license
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If your ham radio license expires, you may apply for renewal of the license for another term during a two-year filing grace period. The application document must be received by the FCC on or before the end of the grace period. Unless and until the license is renewed, no amateur operator or station operating privileges are conferred. Applications received after the grace period has ended cannot be granted.

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    Renew through the FCC

  1. 1

    Request FCC Form 605 by calling 800-418-FORM.

  2. 2

    Fill out the form.

  3. 3

    Mail the form to: FCC, 1270 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7245. You may also hand deliver the form to 1280 Fairfield Road.

    Renew Online with a ULS password

  1. 1

    Go to the main Universal Licensing System (ULS) page. (See Reference 1)

  2. 2

    Click on "Log In." This is located under "Online Filing."

  3. 3

    Enter your FCC Registration Number and ULS password. Choose the renew option.

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